An evening with The Neighbourhood
June 28, 2018
Upon attending Bogarts music hall in Cincinnati I was not certain what to expect from the up and coming band The Neighbourhood. This alternative rock band from Newbury Park, CA has had a decent amount of success, and continue to gain attention since their 2012 EP release of I’m Sorry… This popular EP contained their most popular song ‘Sweater Weather’ which thus far has really carried them. As 9:30pm approached the band finally decided to get started with an almost packed house whom seemed unsure of what was taking so long. The band was three songs in before frontman Jesse Rutherford and his drummer felt it necessary to go ahead and take their shirts off to prove they are indeed a “punk” band from California. As the tween girls screamed, so did Jesse in each painful rendition of their songs. It was hard not to grimace as Jesse decided to use fillers rather than the lyrics. My “favorite” being screaming “Hey!” or using lots of high pitched short yells into the microphone. All the songs ran together and sounded nothing short of disappointing from what they had produced in the studio. At certain points, the band seemed to not be on the same page as far as when they needed to end songs or if they were going to keep jamming. Luckily the long jams did not last too long, as our ears could not handle hearing anymore high pitched “Yeahs”. The band at least did play the song they are known for, but it was really a feeble attempt to save a show that had already left the crowd crestfallen. The band then ended the show around 10:40pm. With a brief thank you, they were gone without even giving their fans a chance to cheer for an encore. In short, The Neighbourhood seems to be another group of alternative rock band wannabees from California who will always rely on a studio sound. They have more than likely been spoon fed honeyed words and I refuse to give them that satisfaction. Keep your sweaters on boys, you are not everything you are cracked up to be.